A TEACHER from a Worcester high school described as like a 'fairy godmother' has been nominated in the Worcestershire Education Awards.

Pippa Denman from Hanley Castle High School, has been nominated for the Special Educational Needs (SENCO) award for her work with pupils.

In her nomination, Miss Denman is described as someone who takes time out of her day to make sure pupils are prepared for their work and as someone who always puts a smile on people's faces.

The nomination also said: "She helps me with my school work and special needs requirements and always helps when my anxiety gets too much. She is very kind and always makes me smile."

Mrs Denman, 38 has been at Hanley Castle for two years and says: "I am really surprised to be nominated but obviously delighted to hear it.

"My job is as senior learning support assistant which means I help support students with special educational needs within lessons and helping them with their various concerns and anxieties.

"It is really important to get to know all the pupils we work with as people to understand their different needs and worries and be able to help them.

"It is highly rewarding to see pupils go on and thrive and be able to help them thrive in school.

"That being said, it is of course a team effort and I wouldn't be able to do the work I do without such a brilliant group of colleagues to work with."

The deadline for nominations is April 18. Finalists are chosen by a panel of judges and winners are announced during an awards ceremony at the University Arena on June 20.

To nominate someone, go to worcesternews.co.uk/awards/worcestershire_education_awards